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Ride raises money for Huntsman Cancer Institute

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - What started as one cancer survivor's way to give back to the Huntsman Cancer Institute has inspired hundreds.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - What started as one cancer survivor's way to give back to the Huntsman Cancer Institute has inspired hundreds.

On Saturday, Utah cyclists saddled up and hit the road hoping to do their part in finding a cure.

The ride began 12 years ago and involved only ne cyclist, Jeff Warren, who was once a stage four head and neck cancer patient.

“This ride began as a way for me to simply give back to those who treated me so well, with so much dignity,” he said.

Every year since being cancer free, Warren has rode from Reno to Salt Lake raising money for the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

“This is a remarkable place that is a treasure in the intermountain west that hopefully most people will never have to step foot inside of, but unfortunately some do,” said Warren.

This weekend as part of the Huntsman 140, 450 cyclists joined Warren for the last 140 miles of his ride.

“Really it's morphed into an idea where we can celebrate all people battling cancer and the possibility of those who may battle cancer, so we can defeat this disease,” said Courtney Tucker, Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Individually all the cyclists raise money for the Huntsman, an average of $500 each.

“100 percent of what they do goes into cancer research,” said Tucker. “We always say it's not a race, it's a ride and it's not the course it's the cause.”

This year, Huntsman 140 cyclists raised more than $145,000 for cancer research at HCI.
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